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Dates
Built some time after the founding of the Shire in III 1601 (year 1 by the Shire-reckoning); survived into the Fourth Age
Location
Frogmorton,1 on the East Road through the Eastfarthing of the Shire
Race
Culture
Settlements
Meaning
Not known in detail, but doubtless connected with the Water and its marshes to the north of Frogmorton

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The Floating Log

The inn at Frogmorton

The Floating Log stood on the East Road that passed through the Shire, in the Eastfarthing village of Frogmorton about halfway between Hobbiton and the Brandywine Bridge, and so must have been a busy place. In the time of the War of the Ring, though, Sharkey and his Men took over the Shire, and shut the inn down (it would presumably have been reopened after Sharkey's demise).


Notes

1

We don't know where precisely in Frogmorton the Floating Log stood. The detailed map of the Shire in The Lord of the Rings shows an unusually long building on the south side of the East Road, in approximately the middle of the village. This may represent the Floating Log, though we have no way to be sure. We can say for sure that it did not stand at the eastern end of the village, because when Frodo and his companions arrived there after the War of the Ring, they asked for an escort to the inn (which must therefore have been further westward along the Road). It also does not appear to have been at the western end, as a Shirriff-house was built there that was emphatically not the inn (which was closed while the Chief controlled the Shire). So, a fairly central position within Frogmorton seems inevitable from the text, though whether this would equate the Floating Log with the mapped building on the south side of the Road is harder to say for sure.

See also...

Frogmorton

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